The newly-elected Republican director for Georgia, Brian Kemp (pictured), has reportedly announced he does not mean to block attempts that may see casino gambling legalized in the southern state by way of a constitutional amendment.
According to a Tuesday story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper published by local television broadcaster WSB-TV, Kemp had previously campaigned against any expansion of gaming ‘The Peach State’ however, has revealed he will not stand in the means of legislation that could ultimately see the issue put before voters.
The newspaper mentioned Kemp’s official spokesperson as declaring the 55-year-old Governor ‘stays opposed to casino gambling’ however, has decided not to prevent ‘hard-working Georgians’ from having a final say on the matter ‘if a constitutional amendment is placed on the ballot. ’ In return, the conservative politician explained he will insist that any new tax earnings from gaming be earmarked for the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) program, which supports scholarships and pre-kindergarten courses across Georgia.
Kemp’s revelation triggered instant reviews into separate gambling-friendly measures recently introduced to the Georgia State Senate and the Georgia House of Representatives and has moreover stoked hopes the state of a 10.5 million people may be home to multiple casinos, which are already a feature in neighboring Florida, Alabama and North Carolina.
Local television broadcaster, WRDW-TV, detailed the most likely places for some of those gambling places include the cities of Atlanta, Columbus and Savannah while a developer in Augusta proclaimed that he’s optimistic of being granted permission to run slots and gaming tables because area ’s Mature Modjeska Building. Zia Ahmadi told the channel he would love to start a 16,000 sq feet casino within the 103-year-old downtown arrangement in hopes of capitalizing on interest in the annual Masters Tournament, which will be held at the nearby Augusta National Golf Club.
Ahmadi told WRDW-TV…
“My first priority is to create jobs, as many as I can. Especially when the Pros comes, if there’s golfing, I understand a good deal of people and their buddies will end up coming .